Peter Chapman Poetry

privileged kids of ironic mothers

the scream comes from the center of the civilized world

the pitch is unendurable, its source, a little boy near his mother
in a coffee shop in my town

the moms laugh and speak unreacting

boats brighten in the April light

boats and cars and roads into and out of town are in a sense talismanic,
having an elastic complaisance that may one day bring us unimaginable trouble

and in that time, when the little phones ring
and the earth
seems to hump with giants

we will welcome screaming